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Ways to get involvedBehind-the-Scenes
A new monthly volunteer program called, Behind-the-Scenes, has been established to provide training for those helping to move and inventory artifacts into new boxes. They also are learning how to enter each artifact’s description into our computer database.
The next Behind-the-Scenes work session will be on Saturday, September 24, 2016, from 9:30 to 11:30 am. Please contact the museum to RSVP for this program.
Docents Docents are an essential part of creating a memorable museum visit. Welcoming and guiding visitors through an exhibit is the role of the museum docent. Orientation to each exhibit is available to prepare docents for this valuable service.Outreach Program Not everyone can come to the museum and volunteers are needed to go into the community to reach those who are interested in learning about the region's unique history. Training is available for those interested in volunteering. Database Entry Update the museum's mailing lists using the database program Past Perfect. Training will be provide. Being able to input information accurately is necessary. Internships The museum offers internships for college students interested in museum administration, history or recreation programs. The museum staff is willing to work within the requirements from colleges or universities to define projects, monitor and report on a student's work at the museum. The museum currently has internship programs with the Western Illinois University History and RPTA departments. Contact Sue Scott at the museum to discuss how to become an intern. Internships are available in the following areas:
- Collection management and registrarial practices
- Curatorial practices and exhibition research
- Educational and community programming
- Membership and resource development
- Public relations